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Top 10 Types of Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors

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Patients who are diagnosed with oligodendrocytoma have a survival rate of four to five years.

6. Metastatic from Lung Cancer

A metastasis in the brain, or secondary brain cancer, can occur with lung cancer. A part of the cancer in the lung breaks off and travels up the blood stream to the brain. Metastatic brain cancer from lung cancer makes up 60 percent of all metastatic brain cancers.

7. Metastatic from Breast Cancer

Metastatic brain cancer can also occur with breast cancer. This type of metastasis accounts for 30 percent of metastatic brain cancers.

8. Meningioma

Meningiomas are 19 percent of primary brain tumors, and they are usually benign. Most common in women, meningiomas form on the meninges, which is the fibrous tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord.

9. Pituitary Adenoma

Another benign brain tumor, pituitary adenomas account for ten percent of tumors in the brain. Pituitary adenomas form on the pituitary gland and affect hormone secretion, thus causing hormonal imbalances.

10. Craniopharyngioma

Craniopharyngiomas also form on the pituitary gland, but they do not affect hormone secretion. Also benign, craniopharyngiomas are five percent of primary brain tumors.

]]>Elizabeth Stannard Gromisch]]> received her bachelor’s of science degree in neuroscience from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in May 2009. She is the ]]>Hartford Women's Health Examiner]]> and she writes about abuse on ]]>Suite 101]]>.

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Gliomas are the most common types of primary tumors which start in the glial cells of the brain. The various types of gliomas are brain stem glioma and astrocytoma. The other types of tumors of the brain that don’t originate in the glial cells are meningioma, medulloblastoma, schwannoma, and germ cell tumor.
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